Dwyane Wade has been the face of the Miami Heat franchise throughout his career. He has won three NBA championships and was Finals MVP once (2006). But, there is much more to Dwyane Wade than meets the eye. We compiled the five most-interesting and little-known facts about shooting guard Dwyane Wade.
5. He was only recruited by three colleges because he had poor academics.
Wade ended up at Marquette, where he was ineligible to play his freshman season because he did not meet the academic standards. The 6-4 shooting guard sought many tutors to improve his grades and he eventually became eligible to play.
Wade majored in broadcasting at Marquette and plans to get in the field after he retires.
4. He had a very rough childhood.
Wade's upbringing was a tough one. His family was in the gang environment. When he was young, Wade witnessed police raids and found dead bodies several times in a nearby garbage can.
His mother also used drugs. In an interview with ESPN, Wade said "I've seen the needles laying around the house. I've seen my mother shoot up before. I've seen a lot of things my mother didn't even know I'd seen as a kid."
3. He bought his mom a church in 2008.
It is an awesome story. His mother went through tough times when she was younger, but she has come clean and is focusing on making a difference.
2. He is one of eight players to officially notch a triple-double during the NCAA March Madness Tournament.
Wade had 29 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in an Elite Eight game vs Kentucky in 2003. This triple-double is highly celebrated, because Kentucky was the No. 1 team in the nation and Marquette was a huge underdog. Wade helped carry his team past Kentucky to the Final Four.
Former Heat teammate Shaquille O'Neal also did it at LSU in 1992. Shaq had 26 points, 13 rebounds and 11 blocks in a first round matchup against BYU.
1. He was named one of Peoples Magazines most beautiful people in 2005.
Wade was the only NBA player to make the list that year and one of only four athletes.
He wasn't the first Miami Heat star to make the list though. Alonzo Mourning was featured in the magazine in the mid-1990's.